VAN Kansspelen chairman steps down

 Vice chair Aad Kobus will step up until a new chair is appointed.
Vice chair Aad Kobus will step up until a new chair is appointed.

Frits Huffnagel has stepped down as chairman of the Dutch gaming association.

The Netherlands.- Frits Huffnagel has left his role as chairman of the Dutch gaming association VAN Kansspelen after more than seven years.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by vice chair Aad Kobus until a new chairman is appointed.

Huffnagel’s term was extended for a year in March with a condition that it would be reevaluated in October depending on the progress of Holland’s new remote gambling act (KoA) and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Huffnagel is leaving to concentrate on his communications agency, Castro Communicatie.

Commenting on his exit, he said: “It is with great pleasure and dedication that I have brought the interests of the members of VAN Kansspelen to the attention of government in The Hague in recent years. 

“Under my chairmanship, a lot of hard work has been done on the image of the industry and on reaching the right discussion partners.

“This has led to the necessary results, and that has proved necessary, especially in this year when corona hit the industry so hard. 

“The corona crisis is not over yet, but now that the Remote Gambling Act (KoA) will be introduced on March 1 2021, it feels to me that my most important task is over after more than seven years.”

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